The singer revealed she has bipolar disorder.
Yesterday, on Instagram live, Selena Gomez revealed she has bipolar disorder. The singer had joined Miley Cyrus for a chat, in her series Bright Minded: Live With Miley Instagram when she spoke about it.
They were deep in discussion about many important topics such as mental health and seeking the necessary treatment for it.
Selena opened up to Miley whilst they were live speaking about her own mental health issues, from having bipolar disorder to staying in a psychiatric hospital for treatment.
Selena said; “I discovered that after years of going through a lot of different things, I realised that I was bipolar.”
We applaud Selena for bravely speaking about such a sensitive and personal issue, and by doing so she can help others speak more openly about their own mental health.
The singer went on to say that once she knew exactly what she had, it didn’t scare her and that “it took the fear away.”
The HSE describes Bipolar disorder as ‘a serious mental illness and is considered to be a mood disorder. If you have bipolar you will have extreme mood swings. These can range from extreme highs (mania) to extreme lows (depression).’
These episodes ‘of mania and depression often last for several weeks or months.’
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“When I … know more information it actually helps me, it doesn’t scare me once I know it. I think people get scared of that, and I’ve seen it, I’ve seen some of it in my own family where I’m like, what’s going on?” Selena said. “I just feel like, when I finally said what I was gonna say, I wanted to know everything about it and it took the fear away” also adding “the more you educate yourself on this, the more you’re not gonna be afraid. And it completely worked. That’s something that helps me big time.””
Miley, too opened up about her own mental health issues sharing that she has OCD.
The condition is often thrown around jokingly, in general conversation about people who like things to be neat and organised, but the real thing is very obsessive and overwhelming.
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The HSE describes it as a particular pattern of thoughts and behaviours’ where an ‘image or urge repeatedly enters your mind’ provoking ‘a feeling of intense anxiety or distress.’ This results in compulsions to do something that will bring temporary relief from your anxiety, like ‘repetitive behaviours or mental acts that you feel driven to perform.’
Miley also revealed that she found knowing more about the disorder, like Selena, helped her to understand and deal with it;
“I couldn’t understand it. I used to alphabetise things, like I would go into these little fits when I couldn’t alphabetise things. But now it’s been able to help me to learn about it and use it for good, for things like [Bright Minded] and staying organised. Doing research is a really good tool.”
It’s fantastic to see two such big stars speak so openly about their mental health, and that by seeking help they were able to control and manage it.
If you are struggling with your mental health and would like someone to speak to you can call The Samaritans on 01 671 0071 or Pieta House on 1800 247 247 or Text HELP to 51444.